Nicole Mason’s story about a TV reality show made it appear she’d had sex when she hadn’t appeared in the DAILY STAR newspaper at the weekend.
Nicole emailed me at sell my story website Featureworld because she wanted to set the record straight.
The 17 year old had been out in Newcastle when she’d been approached by some of the lads from the TV reality show Geordie Shore. They invited her back to their house for a party and she said she was happy to be filmed at the party.
However, although the TV representatives said her face would be pixellated and her identity kept secret, she was horrified when she episode was broadcast a few weeks ago.
This was because a tattoo on her leg was clearly shown and everyone knew it was her. Worse, she claims footage was edited to make it appear as though she participated in a threesome with one of the guys – she claims she did not.
Nicole was very upset, especially as she felt her reputation had been ruined. Her little brother was teased at school about her and she received hundreds of obscene messages on Facebook.
Nicole says: “The last few weeks since the episode was aired have been hell. I really wanted to do a story to set the record straight.”
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Newly qualified nurse Ashleigh tells how she raised the alarm at care home in the SUNDAY MIRROR newspaper at the weekend.
Many people watched in horror the shocking scenes of abuse from care home Winterbourne View, shown on BBC Panorama’s last week. They were taken after an undercover BBC reporter went into the home with a secret camera and showed residents – mostly young people with learning difficulties – being kicked punched and taunted by staff.
Four arrests have since been made and an inquiry launched into how this was ever allowed to go on.
But following the programme last week I was contacted at Featureworld by Ashleigh, 25.
And incredibly she has revealed how as well as whistleblower Terry Bryan, a senior nurse, she too also raised the alarm because she was worried about how patients were treated.
Yet despite raising her concerns with managers dozens of times and going to the Care Quality Commission, she was ignored and nothing was done.
In the end, Ashleigh felt she could no longer carry on working at the home and in December she left. But she and Terry met with reporters from BBC’s Panorama who then went in and managed to secure the footage that proved just how bad the abuse was.
Ashleigh says: “I worked there for three months soon after qualifying and saw things you can’t imagine. The Panorama programme was overwhelming to watch. No-one listened to me but I do not want the world to forget this.
“I just hope telling my story will encourage others to come forward if they ever see such abuse. It is the only way we can ensure nothing like this ever happens again.”
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Real-life story about appearing on TV in THE SUN newspaper today.
First confession: I loved ITV’s Take Me Out show and every Saturday night watched it avidly. So I was incredibly disappointed when twins Cat and Sam Wilkinson contacted me to say they felt it was fixed by producers so they would never get a date.
Second confession: With their strange hair styles, odd dress sense and with seemingly very little to say for themselves, I wasn’t surprised they didn’t get a date. In fact, I admit I even sat there one day and said to my husband, ‘those two will be there for the duration’. And I was right. Fourteen weeks later and having been rejected by 52 men, Cat and Sam were there to the bitter end.
What is worrying, however – and a real eye opener for me who believes she isn’t the sort of viewer to be manipulated – is that Sam and Cat are nothing like the dim-wits they were edited to be on the show.
For a start, in real life they are clever and stunningly pretty – and they have 22 GCSEs at top grades between them and six A levels (all grade A). They are both studying at different unis (Sam is doing geography whereas Cat is studying Fashion and Brand management) and both are expected to get a first. Then while they are physically identical, many people when they meet them do not believe they are even twins. This is because they usually wear their hair in totally different styles – Sam is usually dark with straight hair and Cat is a curly blonde (not a frizzy one though – those styles, they say, were made by the show…) They also always dress in individual clothes – not, according to them, that they were allowed to wear them.
In fact, I never realised the show’s stylist (?) bought all their outfits – one they were made to wear said Smart on one dress and Cookie on the other.
The girls constantly begged producers to be allowed to be themselves, stand apart and dress as they usually do – but were only given this permission right at the end of the show (when the man DID choose one to be in his top two girls and had no idea they were twins…)
In the meantime, they say they become the victims of a vicious online bullying campaign thanks to the programme.
For their part the producers have said in fact everyone on the programme is helped to look their best and get a date. But the motto of this tale seems to be that some reality TV might be anything but…
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